Vest-Pocket Vocabulary

Sorn’er, n. one who sponges on others.

Word in the Wild: My brother has become known as a sorner among his friends, sleeping on their sofas, eating all their food, using up their shampoo, and running up their hydro bills, but he prefers to think of himself as an urban nomad.

This term was most popular from the 15th to the 19th centuries, but it’s lost a bit of steam recently.

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